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I was in Thailand late June to early July 2014 (Hat Yai, Songkhla, Khanom, Ko Samui, Ko Phangan, Ko Tao, Bangkok, Ayutthaya). By then, the curfew had already been completely lifted nationwide. As a tourist doing the usual touristy stuff, there was no sign whatsoever of any political unrest or military coup. I experienced no inconveniences. At present it ...


I believe Mae Sot / Myawaddy is south of YGN, though not of BKK. As of early this year it was easy and well served (by bus on both sides). It is fairly close to Mawlamyaing. Make sure you have your visa together for entering back into Thailand, if that's your plan. Oddly enough, that might be the stricter direction, these days.


This may be out of date since Myanmar is changing so rapidly these days, but as of July 2014 there are only two border crossings between southern(-ish) Thailand and Myanmar open to foreigners: Ranong/Kawthaung at Myanmar's southernmost tip, and Three Pagodas Pass north of Kanchanaburi, not really 'south' at all (it's actually a fair bit north of Bangkok) but ...


I've been to Sihanoukville in Cambodia and stayed in a resort that was a decent way out of the town - great food, good service (it's run by Australians). Somewhat not useful in that I cannot remember the name of the hotel (so sorry!) but I recommend the coast of Cambodia, incredibly peaceful and cheap.


The overstay might or might not be a big deal in Thailand but I don't think the passport thing makes any difference. It could have been a problem when entering the country – if the validity was shorter than 6 months – and you obviously need a new one to leave the country and enter Malaysia but that's it. You might want to hold on to your old passport to be ...


The Thai citizen needs to go the municipal office in Mae Sai. To the right of the main building is a small building that issues the permit. There is signage in Thai that will guide your friend to the correct window. I am not sure of the fee, but I think it is around 40 baht.

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